Thursday, 15 May 2014

Exminster & Powderham Marsh

I've been away with husband Simon for 3 months visiting 18 countries......flew to Moscow, train to Hong Kong via Siberia & Mongolia, & back by sea. It was an amazing trip & I may post a blog if I ever get around to sorting through my thousands of photos.

However, it's great to be home & yesterday I had a very enjoyable day out in the sunshine with the Devon Birds group. We met up at the RSPB car park at Exminster Marsh & wandered around the circular route. We saw several Lesser & Common Whitethroat, Cetti's, Reed & Sedge Warblers, Hobbies, Whimbrel & Dunlin.

Devon Birds....
The Lesser Whitethroats were in the hedge by the railway
Trying to find the vocal but elusive Reed Warblers...a raised hide would be  useful!

A lovely day for to wander....
...or just stand about looking & listening
A spot of bog hopping required....
...and Dave gallantly brought up the rear to fend off the cows!
A brief stop at the Turf for the Whimbrel
..and back along the canal path where we actually saw a Sedge Warbler & a Cetti's singing
After lunch most people headed off, but 5 of us stayed on at Powderham Marsh. We had a lovely wander to the viewpoint, where we sat in the sunshine for over an hour. We had fantastic views of a Sedge Warbler & Lesser Whitethroat, and added Swift, Peregrine, Stonechat & Reed Bunting to the list. However the highlight was Cirl Bunting, with one male briefly appearing on the bird table below the viewpoint, and another 2 in a ploughed field on the way back to the car park. The Lapwing chicks were pretty cute as well!

A great way to while away the afternoon!

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